LinkedIn launches in Portuguese and continues to expand its international footprint
Mountain View, Calif. -- April 13, 2010 -- LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 65 million members globally, announces today that LinkedIn is available in a fifth language, Portuguese. Nearly one million Brazilian users already have LinkedIn Profiles and there are more than 8,000 LinkedIn Groups related to Brazil.
According to Ibope Nielsen Online, Brazil has more than 66 million Internet users. Brazil's economy is expected to grow more than 5 percent in 2010 according to Brazil's Ministry of Finance. "LinkedIn has a tremendous opportunity for growth in Brazil," said Arvind Rajan, vice president of international, LinkedIn. "Having the site available in Portuguese will make interactions among professionals in Brazil a lot easier. Adding a fifth language also furthers our commitment to bring together the world's professionals."
Language localization has been key to LinkedIn's international expansion. In addition to Portuguese, the site is also available in four other languages: English, French, German and Spanish. LinkedIn currently has operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India and the Netherlands.
LinkedIn is an Internet company focused on connecting the world’s professionals. The company is privately held and has a diversified business model with revenues driven from user subscriptions, advertising sales and software licensing. The LinkedIn Web site launched in 2003 and is the largest professional networking site in the world with more than 65 million members, representing 200 countries and executives from every Fortune 500 company.